Wolves win against Tractor Boys at Portman Rd
Wolves started the game against Ipswich today with what looked mostly like a second line-up. These are the players that came on to the green grass of Portman Road for the first half of play:
Foley -Craddock – Zubar – Ward(c)
Hammill – Davis – Milijas – Griffiths
Keogh – Ebanks-Blake
Ipswich – who have signed lots of quality players for the upcoming season – started the best and had the most possession in the first half, something that paid off in the last minute of it when Martin cut the ball back from deep to the left after going past Foley and Bowyer slammed in a low shot after Chopra dummied and he let himself free from guardians in the area.
Before that, Andy Keogh had a chance to score with a header after a corner and Zubar also went close to score on the rebound. Wolves continued with the same outfit after tea and about ten minutes of the half Bowyer came close to score a second when he tried to lob over De Vries from the middle of the pitch, but the ball thankfully went into the post. Chopra also went close on the rebound.
After the hour Kightly came on for Keogh and Hunty for Griffiths and Elokobi for Davis and Wolves now started to take more command over the game. About ten minutes later Wolves changed more players and when the 90 was gone the team looked like this:
Stearman – Johnson (c) – Berra – Elokobi
Kightly – Henry – O´Hara – Hunt
Fletcher – Ebanks-Blake
I believe that we could expect the starting lineup against Blackburn to look like this, probably with the exception of Jarvo for Kights and Doyle for Blake and of course with Hennessey in goal. That team also showed their competitiveness against Ipswich when Fletcher nodded down a cross and Hunty took a shot that deflected on an Ipswich player and ended up behind Stockdale in the net.
Before that Milijas had a good chance to score after a cross from Ebanks-Blake. But Sylvan didn’t give up and when he was brought down in the area by former Wolves loanee Carlos Edwards the referee pointed at the spot and SEB did no mistake when he placed the ball in the middle of the goal with great velocity.
That was with about seven minutes of the game left and – lo and behold – Wolves had no problems with fending off attacks from the Tractor Boys in the last minutes of the game. With the play in the second half Wolves victory was well deserved and the team looks more and more prepared for the big things to come.
UP THE WOLVES!
P.S. Stearman – who came on in second half on the right back position – has this week being rumoured to be a target for the Ipswich manager Jewell, but he today said to the media that he never even have thought about him.D.S.
P.P.S. I haven’t found any video highlights from the game yet, but I will put it up if and when I do.D.D.S.